Joining the choir

We’re currently auditioning for tenors!
If you’re interested, read on…

All other parts are full at the moment, however we do maintain a waiting list, so if you wish to go on the list for audition when a vacancy comes up, read on…

Jess, with Ben and Peter in the background – Members of the Chandos Chamber Choir rehearsing in St Sepulchre Church in the City of London

We are an auditioned choir and hold auditions for prospective members at the start of each term (September, January and April).

If you are interested in trying out please send an email with your name, voice part and a short outline of your singing and choral experience. We will then contact you with the next available audition dates and let you know if there are vacancies in your voice part.

Auditions include sight reading, vocal exercises and we ask you to bring a short piece or extract that best demonstrates your range and voice technique. Our musical director, James Davey, will provide feedback during the audition, including vocal technique suggestions. Following the audition we will send you an email indicating whether or not you have been successful.

Continued membership is dependent on rehearsal attendance and passing our biannual auditions of all choir members.

Rehearsal Venue

Our rehearsal venue is the church of  St Stephen Walbrook  (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN).

The nearest underground stations are:

    • Cannon Street Station on the District Line
    • Bank Station on the Central Line (make sure you follow the signs for Exit 8 which will get you out onto the street, directly in front of the church)

A large number of buses serve the area as well:

    • Queen Victoria Street: numbers 8 – 25 – 242
    • Cheapside: numbers 11 – 15 – 17 – 23 – 26 – 76 – 388 – 521

Rehearsal Times

Jo, Merlin, John, Faith, Stephen – Members of the Chandos Chamber Choir rehearsing in St Sepulchre Church in the City of London

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 to 9.30 pm, with a short break. There are usually around ten rehearsals per term.

We hold a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of a weekend concert. In the case of a weekday concert, we have a short warm up session before the concert.

Concerts

The choir year is divided into three terms with one concert per term.  We usually sing the services in a cathedral every one or two years – recently we have performed in Winchester several times and in St Finbarre’s in Cork.

In addition we take part in fund-raising events such as carol singing, and occasional workshops and choir exchanges.

Social Events

Jess, Ben, Clare and Peter – Members of the Chandos Chamber Choir rehearsing in St Sepulchre Church in the City of London

We try to have at least one event, usually a meal, each term, as well as a weekly visit to the pub after Tuesday rehearsals.

Cathedral Visits

Every other year, where possible, the choir visits a cathedral to sing the weekend services. Last year the Choir visited Winchester Cathedral and made such a good impression that we’ve been have been asked back next year!

Fee

Members of the Chandos Chamber Choir rehearsing in St Sepulchre Church in the City of London

The termly fee is £85, which covers all rehearsal expenses and contributes to the running costs. There are occasions when it is necessary to buy music or to contribute towards its hire.

Attendance

It is expected that all members will attend all rehearsals. If you miss more than three rehearsals in any term, singing in the concert will be at the conductor’s discretion.

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